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UNICEF helps refurbish COVID-19 isolation units

UNICEF Sri Lanka Deputy Representative Emma Brigham, UNICEF Sri Lanka Child Survival and Development Programme Manager Dr. Safina Abdulloeva, Lady Ridgeway Hospital (LRH) Consultant Paediatrician Dr. Kosala Karunaratne, and others at the inauguration of the LRH isolation unit.
UNICEF Sri Lanka Deputy Representative Emma Brigham, UNICEF Sri Lanka Child Survival and Development Programme Manager Dr. Safina Abdulloeva, Lady Ridgeway Hospital (LRH) Consultant Paediatrician Dr. Kosala Karunaratne, and others at the inauguration of t

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), as a part of its ongoing efforts against the coronavirus, has supported the Health Ministry in refurbishing isolation units in the country. This was mentioned in a press release issued by UNICEF, recently.

The isolation units were established at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, Castle Street Hospital for Women, and the Minuwangoda Base Hospital. The hospitals were identified by the Health Ministry as part of a rapid assessment for COVID-19 patient isolation and treatment purposes, the press release said.

UNICEF has contributed with technical expertise, and funding of nearly Rs.5 million from the Government of Japan, while construction expertise and labour for the refurbishment was provided by the Navy, it added.

Speaking about the initiative, Emma Brigham, Deputy Representative of UNICEF Sri Lanka, had said: “It is vital that we continue to support the Government of Sri Lanka in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. The setting up of the special isolation and treatment units at these hospitals is a truly a collaborative effort involving much needed assistance from the Government of Japan and the Sri Lanka Navy.”

This work involved the refurbishing of hospital spaces; the installation of ventilation and sound systems, adequate facilities for infection prevention, and water and sanitation for health; as well as the establishing of a layout in line with social distancing requirements, the statement said.


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